Costa Rica Travel Tips

Costa Rica Travel Tips

Banking Hours:
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:00 with some also opening on Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00.

The local currency in Costa Rica is called thecolon with one colon being equal to 100 centimos. Small denominations are available in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 100 colons. Notes are available in denominations of 5, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 colons.

Currency Exchange:
ATMs provide the opportunity for visitors to make withdrawals direct from their bank accounts in local currency although you may not always get the best exchange rate by doing this so arriving with some cash or travellers cheques is recommended. If you need to exchange money or cheques then you can do so at any of the private or state owned banks, with the former option generally offering the fastest and most efficient service. Reputable hotels invariably exchange money also but may do so at worse rates than those offered by the banks so you will end up paying for the convenience.

Customs rules are fairly relaxed and visitors entering Costa Rica are permitted to bring in 500 grams of tobacco, 5 litres of liquor, and US$500 in merchandise. Cameras, computers, and electronic equipment for personal use can be classed as duty-free.

110V AC at 60Hz, flat two pins plugs are standard.